“Family resilience is important as it provides a way to “bounce back” from tough times. Learn more about this skill and the way it can benefit you and your family.”

by | Mar 28, 2014

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Michigan State University, “Family Resilience…”  click on link…  Quote from this website article…

“Most people would agree that resilience is a good thing but may be confused about what resilience actually is. Resilience is considerably more than just being able to function following a difficult time in your life. Family resilience is the ability to develop and grow strengths that can help you meet life’s challenges, be able to work through them in a positive way, and emerge stronger in the process. Practicing resiliency skills is an ongoing process – not something you only use when times get tough. You may be surprised to learn that building resilience is not difficult.”


I am fortunate in my work to pick up on the very best in articles and reference resources for children and families challenged in life.  Family centered traumatic experiences, including caring for a loved one who just returned from war, can tear a family apart over time.  I know this to be true because of my own childhood and life experience with my post WWII & Korean war family.

Michigan State University’s “family resilience” support programs and research is a good example of showing families how to be proactive by practicing resiliency skills over an extended period of time.  I had to learn how to become resilient by experimenting over a lifetime while watching my family become torn apart from war.  We just did not know what to do back in the 1950’s except survive one day at a time.  We didn’t understand what all the toxic behavior was about and why my father was so angry, depressed, and anxious.  We just thought about the celebration of the end of WWII and Korean War, and how we could all move on as a loving family.  But we didn’t know how to help ourselves nor were there any resources or access to support children and families who struggled in life after war.

I am very grateful that now in the 21st Century, families have excellent access to resources to support and complement family needs during tough times.  We can learn how to communicate more effectively as a family unit.  We are now open about the roots of toxic behavior and how to address specific family circumstances.  I am also happy to be in a position to share what I have learned with the goal to make a difference for others.  If I can help one person or one family move forward in a constructive way…a journey of healing, it is most rewarding.  It is also healing for me, keeping the emotional pain of my own life experience at a safe distance.    Take a closer look at what Michigan State University is doing to help children and families grow and become stronger even under very challenging circumstances.

Steve Sparks, Author, My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1 and Reconciliation: A Son’s Story… click on my author page…

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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